There are several symptoms of bladder cancer. These include:
- Blood in the urine, known as hematuria. This is the most common bladder cancer symptom. Often, hematuria causes the urine to appear rusty or deep red. Other times, it cannot be seen by the naked eye. Hematuria is not a sure sign of bladder cancer, since it can be a sign of other medical problems like a kidney stone or urinary tract infection. Every person with hematuria should see a doctor.
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Pain in flank, the section of the back between the ribs and the hip bone
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination. This can occur because the tumor prevents the bladder from completely emptying during urination.
- Urinary hesitancy, or difficulty beginning to urinate.
- Having a more powerful urge to urinate.
These symptoms do not always mean you have bladder cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.
In rare cases, bladder cancer can be passed down from one generation to the next. Genetic counseling may be right for you. Visit our genetic testing page to learn more.
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